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The A to Z of Healthcare Data Breaches

I recently presented on the topic of Healthcare Data Breaches–A to Z at the annual American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) conference in Phoenix.  Attendees at any conference are always looking for practical takeaways to share with their colleagues and to help guide them even before a crisis event occurs.  During my presentation, with … Continue Reading

SAFE Data Act Approved by House Subcommittee

The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (CA), approved the Secure and Fortify Electronic Data Act (H.R. 2577) (SAFE Data Act) following lengthy debate on July 20, 2011.  The SAFE Data Act contains information security requirements and breach notice obligations consistent with Rep. Bono Mack’s statements following the … Continue Reading

HIPAA Audits ARRA Coming! Is your PHI Secure?

In the growing world of RAC audits, Voluntary Disclosure Protocols, IRS Form 990 disclosures, “Never Events” and HIPAA breach notifications, there is a new kid on the block in the area of federal audit and oversight for health care providers, health plans and their business associates under the health information privacy and security provisions of … Continue Reading

Sony & Epsilon Support National Data Breach Notice Law in Testimony Before House Subcommittee

On June 2, 2011, representatives from Sony Network Entertainment International and Epsilon Data Management, LLC appeared before a House panel to answer questions regarding their responses to recent security breaches.  The hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade was called by Subcommittee Chairwoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) as part … Continue Reading

Three National Data Breach Notification Legislative Proposals Issued

So far this month, three legislative proposals containing a national data breach notification requirement have been issued.  On May 4, Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Data Accountability and Trust Act.  On May 11, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) introduced the Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA) of 2011.  One day later, the White House … Continue Reading

Noteworthy Data Privacy and Information Security Events in 2010

The two events that drew the most attention in 2010, both of which occurred at year-end, were reports from the FTC and the Department of Commerce.  Below is a brief summary of those two reports and other issues drawing attention in the past year: (1) FTC Issues Long-Awaited Consumer Privacy Policy Report On December 1, … Continue Reading

Commerce Department Recommends New Online Privacy Framework

The Commerce Department on Thursday released a green paper, Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: a Dynamic Policy Framework, recommending the consideration of a new framework to address online privacy issues in the U.S.  The goal of the 88 page report, created by the department’s Internet Policy Task Force, is to improve … Continue Reading
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